In a little under a week, my drivers license will expire. I remember thinking six years ago, when I first got my license in 2003, that 2009 seemed like such a long time away. While I haven't spent a lot of time at the Department of Motor Vehicles, waiting to get called for my driver's test, and later to have my picture taken for my license, was enough for me. I thank God that I have the ability to renew my license online, being done with the chore in just a few clicks instead of having to wait until I am at the age of knee replacement surgeries and dentures before they call my number at the DMV.
In thinking about having to renew my license, I started realizing how much has changed since 2003. Six years isn't a short period of time, but inside those years, life has changed dramatically.
Six years ago, I had just graduated high school. I was 18 years old, a freshman in college, a virgin. I drove a 1991 Buick LeSabre. I didn't know who Kurt Cobain was, I had never seen an episode of Saturday Night Live, and R-rated movies were entirely new to me.
Since then, I've gained weight and lost weight, sported a beard for a while, and decided that a goatee with a mustache was the better way to go. I've worked for seven different companies, one of them for only two days. I met and managed to convince the most beautiful woman I know to date me, live with me, and marry me. We'll be celebrating our 5th anniversary this year.
I've moved eleven times in the past six years. I've lost four deeply loved members of my family. I've seen one of my sisters become a mother, and my other sister is soon to follow. I've developed and struggled with a neurological condition that has already shaped and changed my foreseeable future.
I've never gotten a speeding ticket or been in an accident. I still pay more for my car insurance than my older sister does, who totaled two cars within six months of getting her license. As result, I always seem to forget to renew my car insurance policy almost every single time it expires. I miss my first car and my second car (a Saturn SL1), but only when I have to fill the swimming-pool-sized gas tank on my truck.
Six years from now, when it comes time to renew my license again, I wonder what else will have changed. I try not to envision myself too far in the future, but I know that I hope to be a father, maybe even a home owner, and owe less of my life to credit card companies and student loan lenders.
How has your life changed in the past six years?
In health-related news, I have started to show an improvement on the allergy front. I decided to split up the dose of steroids that I'm on, so that I have a more constant dose in my system instead of a blast of it all at once. That seemed to be the trick, and for the first time since Wednesday, I woke up yesterday morning completely hive-free. It was an unbelievably wonderful feeling.
I'm still physically exhausted from the whole ordeal, with the constant up and down from both the medications I'm on and the symptoms themselves. I've learned to listen to my body when it tells me I need to rest, and I've learned the warning signs that alert me to an oncoming attack of hives or the throat constriction. I guess it's good that I'm becoming used to it so I can better fight against it, but I just wish I didn't have to deal with this at all in the first place.
Thank you all for your support and suggestions throughout all of this. Trust me when I say that we are looking at any and all possibilities for the root of this problem, and I appreciate the insight you all offer. Whatever the cause, we're just hoping to find that proverbial needle in the haystack sooner than later. It'd be nice to be able to return home.
Happy Monday, folks.